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Home Automation Hubs/Accessories: Lutron Electronics Caseta Wireless

Lutron’s Caseta Wireless system is a do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me product.

The differentiator is the Lutron Smart Bridge, which allows system devices to be controlled via the Lutron app. The DIY version of the Lutron Smart Bridge is available at retail locations and online and is compatible with such products as Nest thermostats, Logitech Harmony Home remotes, Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats and others. The Smart Bridge Pro adds additional features like advanced integration capabilities beyond lights, shades and temperature (such as security systems and other A/V products) and can only be purchased through a professional installer channel.

The Smart Bridge plugs directly into a home’s Wi-Fi router. Wireless commands are sent from an iOS or Android app for tablets and smartphones to the hub via Wi-Fi. The hub in turn sends wireless commands via proprietary ClearConnect 434MHz RF technology to Lutron’s Caseta Wireless in-wall and lamp dimmers and to Lutron’s battery-powered Serena motorized shades. Range is guaranteed within a 30-foot bubble through walls, including brick walls.